CID gives cops clean chit in Pune trader's suicide

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SummaryThe report, sources in the police said, absolves the police officers named in Malhotra’s suicide note.

Three months after Pune businessman Rippon Malhotra, 56, committed suicide in Bangalore, allegedly to escape police harassment, the Criminal Investigation Department Saturday submitted a report on its probe into the case.

The report, sources in the police said, absolves the police officers named in Malhotra’s suicide note. DGP, CID, Bipin Gopalakrishna said the investigation was conducted by P K Garg, additional DGP for economic offences, who submitted a 43-page report to the state police chief.

The state government had ordered the CID investigation into Malhotra’s death after his suicide note reached chief minister Siddaramaiah.

The note claimed that then police commissioner of Bangalore B G Jyothi Prakash Mirji and then deputy commissioner of police D Devaraj had demanded a Rs 7 crore bribe from him. The note also accused police officers of acting as recovery agents for some investors.

The CID has given a clean chit to both Mirji and Devaraj, the sources said.

Malhotra, police sources said, had collected hundreds of crores of rupees from investors across Karnataka by promising them double returns through dealing in the stock market. Unable to return the money and allegedly harassed by the police, he ended his life on June 29.

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